2025 Shraddha Dates

Shraadh Paksha is the time period when we pray for the Moksh of our forefathers and ancestors. It is started from the Purnima of Bhadrapada month and ends on the Amavasya of Aashwim month. Hindu celebrates Shraadh Paksha in the krishna paksha of the month of Ashwin. We also called it with many more names like Mahalaya and Pitra Paksha. There are instructions and methods of Shraadh in Vishnu, Vayu, Varah, Matsya puranas. Mahabharat and Manusmriti also tell us about the advantage of shradha. Shradha is a way to show devotion and respect to your culture, customs, family, Devas, dynasty and forefathers. According to Vedic Shastra, the members of our family who give up their bodies and now living beyond this world, we should try to give peace and prosperity through our ‘tarpan’. It is thought that our forefather come in the month of Saawan and especially on the night of full moon of Saawan. They come and ascend on the tip of newly germinated grass. There is a belief that forefathers come and receive in a molecular size which is donated in the name of them. One can do Shraadh and Pitra Daan only for three generations. READ MORE

Shraddha Dates 2025

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7 September
(Sunday)
Purnima Shraddha
8 September
(Monday)
Pratipada Shraddha
9 September
(Tuesday)
Dwitiya Shraddha
10 September
(Wednesday)
Tritiya Shraddha, Chaturthi Shraddha
11 September
(Thursday)
Maha Bharani, Panchami Shraddha
12 September
(Friday)
Shashthi Shraddha
13 September
(Saturday)
Saptami Shraddha
14 September
(Sunday)
Ashtami Shraddha
15 September
(Monday)
Navami Shraddha
16 September
(Tuesday)
Dashami Shraddha
17 September
(Wednesday)
Ekadashi Shraddha
18 September
(Thursday)
Dwadashi Shraddha
19 September
(Friday)
Magha Shraddha, Trayodashi Shraddha
20 September
(Saturday)
Chaturdashi Shraddha
21 September
(Sunday)
Sarva Pitru Amavasya
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2025 Shraddha Dates

According to Puranas, the god of death Yamraj, free all the spirits, so they can go their homes to take tarpan. Eating non-veg is strictly prohibitive in Shraadh Paksha. Shraadh Paksha is popular and majestic in region of north india. Pitra paksha has been called Aadi Amavasyi in Tamilnadu, Pitra Pandharva in Maharashtra and Karikada Vabuli in Keral. Man or woman, anyone can do Shraadh and Pitra Daan. Shraadh has two basics, first is ‘Tarpan’ and second to donate food with devotion.

While doing Shraadh, one should pronounce the name of Pitra and its Gotra. One should wear the ring of grass and do tarpan with the water mixed with black sesame for the sake of forefathers. There is a belief that tarpan of a black sesame is equal to 32 ser gold made sesame. Take a plate which is filled with milk. First take some rice and remember the names of all Devas and Rishi. Then sit on the direction of east and also put the tip of grass in the direction of east, by doing this give tarpan by the right hand to all rishi. After this, sit in the direction of north and give tarpan by water to divine human being. Then sit in direction of south and take some sesame and call your forefathers. Give tarpan to them also with with the thumb of left hand. Give three tarpans to each forefather with calling their names and gotras. Give bhog to ants, dogs, cows and guests. At last, say ॐ विष्णवे नम: and devote all your works in the feet of lord Vishnu.

Heir of the family should do Shraadh and Pitra Daan. Women also do Shraadh, if there is no man in the family. One can do Shraadh of oneself, if there is no member of his family. Sanyasi can do his Shraadh of himself.

All the auspicious works are prohibitive in Shraadh Paksha. One should do Pitra Daan during afternoon from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. If someone is going in a tour, so he can do Shraadh with raw fibres. If someone is ill or poor, so he can also follow this rule. If you give a part for dogs and cows in Shraadh, it will become more fruitful. These animals are so dear to Yamraj and cow is helpful to go beyond ‘Vaitarni’.

Shraadh will give peace and pleasure to your forefathers. Forefather will give you blessings. You will lead a happy and prosperous life if you will do ‘Pitra Daan’.

Time table of Shraadh Paksha

Purnima Shraddha - Shraadh Paksha is started from this day. It is also known as Proshthapadi Purnima.

Pratipada Shraddha- People should give Shraadh to those ancestors whose are from maternal relation.

Dwitiya Shraddha, Tritiya Shraddha - People should give Shraadh to those forefathers who died on 2nd and 3rd day (Shukla Paksha/ Krishna Paksha) of the month of Hindu solar calendar. It is also known as Mahabharni Shraadh. It is very important Shraadh. Yamraj is the king of Bharni Nakshatra and he is the lord of death. So people should try to give Shraadh on this day to their forefathers.

Maha Bharani, Chaturthi Shraddha - People should give Shraadh to those forefathers who died on 12th day (Shukla Paksha/ Krishna Paksha) of the month of Hindu solar calendar.

Panchami Shraddha - It is known as Kunwara Shraadh. People should give Shraadh to those people who died before marriage. People should give Shraadh to those forefathers who died on 5th day (Shukla Paksha/ Krishna Paksha) of the month of Hindu solar calendar.

Shashthi Shraddha - It is known as Chatth Shraadh. People should give Shraadh to those forefathers who died on 6th day (Shukla Paksha/ Krishna Paksha) of the month of Hindu solar calendar.

Saptami Shraddha - People should give Shraadh to those forefathers who died on 7th day (Shukla Paksha/ Krishna Paksha) of the month of Hindu solar calendar.

Ashtami Shraddha - People should give Shraadh to those forefathers who died on 8th day (Shukla Paksha/ Krishna Paksha) of the month of Hindu solar calendar.

Navami Shraddha - It is known as Budhiya Navami or Matri Navami. People give Shraadh to died mothers or grandmothers. It is the day when people give Shraadh to died women relatives. People should give Shraadh to those forefathers who died on 9th day(shukla paksha/ Krishna paksha) of the month of Hindu solar calendar.

Dashami Shraddha - People should give Shraadh to those forefathers who died on 10th day (Shukla Paksha/ Krishna Paksha) of the month of Hindu solar calendar.

Ekadashi Shraddha - it is known as Gyaras Shraadh. People should give Shraadh to those forefathers who died on 11th day (Shukla Paksha/ Krishna Paksha) of the month of Hindu solar calendar.

Magha Shraddha, Dwadashi Shraddha - people should give Shraadh on this day to those people who are hermits or saints. People should give Shraadh to those forefathers who died on 12th day (Shukla Paksha/ Krishna Paksha) of the month of Hindu solar calendar.

Trayodashi Shraddha - it is called Balabholni or Kakabli. People do Shraadh of dead child on this day. People should give Shraadh to those who died on the 13th day (Shukla Paksha/ Krishna Paksha) of the month of Hindu solar calendar.

Chaturdashi Shraddha - It is called Ghaat Chaturdashi Shraadh or Ghayal Chaturdashi Shraadh. A person, who dies on 14th day of Shukla Paksha / Krishna Paksha, should get his Shraadh on this day. People should give Shraadh on this day to those people who died of accident, suicide or murder.

Sarva Pitru Amavasya - It is called Pitra Amavasya Shraadh. Anyone who forgets about the death date of his Pitra, can do Shraadh on this day. People, who cannot follow 15 days Shraadh rituals, can do Shraadh on this day only.

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